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Tomatoes in Restaurants Linked to Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the results of an investigation by state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigators, which found consuming tomatoes in restaurants as the cause of illnesses in the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak. To date, 21 states have reported 183 cases of illnesses to the CDC.
Nov 5, 2006, 04:24
Are Flu Vaccines Worth the Effort?
Each year enormous effort goes into producing influenza vaccines and delivering them to appropriate sections of the population. But a review of the evidence in this week’s BMJ suggests that they may not be as effective as we think.
Oct 29, 2006, 21:21
Lessons from SARS may help prepare for bird flu
Lessons learnt from SARS epidemics in China may help us prepare for new epidemics, such as human avian flu, say experts in this week’s BMJ. Mainland China experienced three outbreaks of SARS between November 2002 and May 2004. The first outbreak resulted in a pandemic and caused huge financial loss and social panic, but rigorous control policies prevented further pandemics.
Aug 19, 2006, 21:52
Incomplete vaccination could worsen the spread of avian flu
Incomplete vaccination of poultry flocks could make the spread of deadly strains of avian flu such as H5N1 worse, scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Warwick have found. The research shows that even though the available vaccines are effective on individual birds, the disease is likely to spread unless almost all of a flock has been protected. The study, published in Nature journal, is the first to quantify how incomplete vaccination of flocks can contribute to the undetected spread of the disease.
Aug 18, 2006, 18:40
First Compilation of Tropical Ice Cores Shows Abrupt Global Climate Shift
For the first time, glaciologists have combined and compared sets of ancient climate records trapped in ice cores from the South American Andes and the Asian Himalayas to paint a picture of how climate has changed – and is still changing – in the tropics. Their conclusions mark a massive climate shift to a cooler regime that occurred just over 5,000 years ago, and a more recent reversal to a much warmer world within the last 50 years. The evidence also suggests that most of the high-altitude glaciers in the planet’s tropical regions will disappear in the near future. The paper was included in the current issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Jun 29, 2006, 04:47
Singapore facing unprecedented outbreak of Fusarium keratitis
Researchers in Singapore have reported an outbreak of Fusarium keratitis (a fungal infection of the cornea) associated with soft contact lens wear and linked with use of certain contact lens cleaning solutions, according to an article in the June 28 issue of JAMA.
Jun 29, 2006, 04:45
East Asia may experience less drastic climate change
The extreme effects of climate change on the world depicted in the US blockbuster movie The Day After Tomorrow may not be quite true where East Asia is concerned, according to a new study. In particular, the scene from the film depicting huge ice balls falling on Tokyo, causing death and destruction, is very unlikely. The research suggests that temperatures are unlikely to change as drastically in East Asia as they could do in countries bordering the North Atlantic, such as America and Great Britain.
Jun 29, 2006, 04:42
Scientists aim to thwart use of flu as bioweapon
Flu is already a big killer, responsible for more than 35,000 deaths in the United States alone each year. And wild birds infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu are gradually broadening the scope of that disease. This week in Rochester, scientists are discussing ways to better understand the flu and also how to prevent the possibility that terrorists could somehow modify flu as a bioweapon to make it even more lethal than it is already.
Jun 22, 2006, 05:15
Pakistani poultry industry demands 10-year tax holiday
Pakistani poultry farmers have sought a 10-year tax exemption to support their dwindling business after the detection of the H5N1 strain of bird flu triggered a fall in demand and prices, a poultry trader said.
May 7, 2006, 18:27
Pandemic prevention plan approved for Asia Pacific
Government officials from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries Friday approved a regional plan to stave off a new influenza pandemic - or at least to keep the global economy running if millions of people die or fall ill with the disease.
May 7, 2006, 18:16
H5N1 threat puts human flu back in spotlight
The emergence of the avian influenza virus H5N1 that is currently devastating chicken flocks in many countries and threatening to unleash a worldwide epidemic among humans has triggered a renewed interest among scientists in studying influenza A viruses, according to investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This renewed interest could lead to new discoveries of immune system response to viruses that could lead to better drugs and vaccines, the researchers write in a review article that appears in the May issue of Nature Immunology.
May 7, 2006, 15:21
Bird flu hits ninth poultry farm in Pakistan
The H5N1 strain of avian influenza has struck the ninth poultry farm in Pakistan as authorities struggled to contain the spread of the deadly virus at poorly maintained facilities, officials said Monday.
May 3, 2006, 01:07
Conjunctivitis caused by H7 avian influenza in a UK poultry worker
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed that a poultry worker is suffering from conjunctivitis caused by H7 avian influenza. The individual works on the Norfolk poultry farm confirmed as having an outbreak of (low pathogenic) H7N3 avian influenza.
Apr 30, 2006, 23:43
75 die of malaria in Assam, over 300,000 affected
The death toll from a malaria epidemic sweeping Assam state has gone up to 75 while 335,000 people are affected by the disease, health officials said Friday.
Apr 28, 2006, 13:43
Bird flu strain makes Britain slaughter chicken
The British government has ordered the slaughter of some 35,000 chickens at a farm in the south-eastern county of Norfolk after dead birds tested positive for a strain of bird flu, it was reported Thursday.
Apr 28, 2006, 01:16
China confirms new human case of bird flu
An eight-year pupil in southwest China's Sichuan province was confirmed to be infected with H5N1 bird flu, the health ministry said Thursday.
Apr 28, 2006, 01:11
Chhattisgarh chicken samples test negative for flu
Chhattisgarh said Thursday that 5,500 chicken samples collected from poultry farms across the state have tested negative for bird flu.
Apr 28, 2006, 00:57
EU for support to bird flu-hit poultry market
European Union farm ministers Tuesday gave their backing to a plan under which European producers of eggs and poultry, hit by a slump in demand and prices over bird flu fears, will be eligible for partial compensation from the bloc's joint budget.
Apr 26, 2006, 14:47
Pakistan culls 40,000 chickens to control the outbreak of H5 strain
Pakistan has culled around 40,000 chickens at six farms near the national capital, where confirmed cases of bird flu have come to fore, officials said Sunday.
Apr 25, 2006, 20:15
Pakistan suspects first human case of bird flu
A man suspected to be Pakistan's first human case of bird flu was hospitalised near here Saturday.
Apr 23, 2006, 19:32
Malaria alert in Tripura
Health authorities in Tripura Saturday sounded a malaria alert after at least 50 people died of the disease in neighbouring Assam.
Apr 23, 2006, 19:18
RealOpt - Computer Program to Halt Pandemics
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Apr 22, 2006, 18:31
Pakistan confirms fourth bird flu outbreak
Pakistan Friday confirmed an outbreak of bird flu at a chicken farm near the capital and announced the culling of 10,000 chickens there.
Apr 22, 2006, 17:56
Madhya Pradesh relaxes ban on transporting poultry
With no fresh cases of bird flu being reported, Madhya Pradesh Friday relaxed a ban on transportation of poultry products except in one district in view of the losses suffered by poultry owners, officials said.
Apr 22, 2006, 17:50
Fresh bird flu scare in Pakistan
Pakistan Thursday ordered the culling of over 16,000 chickens in the vicinity of a poultry farm near Islamabad following reports of a poultry death due to suspected avian flu. The food and agriculture ministry ordered the culling around Tarlai after reports that a bird had died at a poultry farm there Wednesday night.
Apr 20, 2006, 22:54
Malaria epidemic kills 50 in Assam
At least 50 people have died and up to 25,000 affected in a malaria epidemic in Assam, officials Tuesday said. "Doctors and paramedics have fanned out to take preventive steps and cure those hit by the disease," Assam Health Minister Bhumidhar Barman told IANS.
Apr 18, 2006, 14:17
Thousand birds die in Orissa poultry farm
Over a thousand chickens have died in a poultry farm in Orissa, a media report said Tuesday, though officials confirmed the deaths of only five birds and said it had nothing to do with avian flu.
Apr 18, 2006, 14:13
Pakistan confirms bird flu outbreak near Islamabad
Pakistan Sunday confirmed a second outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain at a poultry farm near its capital Islamabad.
Apr 18, 2006, 08:16
Assam health alert after malaria claims 35
Authorities in Assam sounded a health alert Thursday following an outbreak of malaria that has claimed at least 35 lives and affected about 20,000 people.
Apr 15, 2006, 18:17
Bank notes, photocopiers could help check epidemics
Applying antiviral coating on bank notes, vending machines and photocopiers could help fight epidemics, scientists say.
Apr 15, 2006, 17:53